Higher Education and Careers
The majority of Alleynians progress to higher education, taking up places at the most competitive universities in the UK and worldwide; thereafter, they enter a wide range of career sectors including finance, professional services, design, media, enterprise, technology, medicine and science. The College has a long-standing reputation for producing some of the finest actors, musicians, sportsmen and writers in the country.
The Higher Education Department - offering wide, specialist knowledge of career and university pathways - is based in purpose-built offices in the Lord George Building. The team of five staff runs the Higher Education and Careers website where pupils can access links to all of the main platforms we support, including UCAS, Unifrog and Morrisby. The website is a comprehensive digital resource which also offers a diary of work experience opportunities, lectures, workshops, master-classes and summer schools; in addition, pupils will find current information on gap year schemes, insight visits, studying overseas, leavers' destinations and dedicated subject pages for all university curricular areas.
Careers education at Dulwich begins in Year 8 and is delivered in Wellbeing lessons and Form tutorials. Testing with Morrisby Online takes place in Year 10 where career matches based on aptitude and individual interests are suggested; this also helps inform A level choices and degree course research. Professional networking events are introduced in Year 11, when pupils are given the opportunity to meet and establish contact with leading professionals in their chosen career sector. Year 11 also sees all boys register an account with Unifrog - complemented by one-to-one interviews with careers advisers - and benefit from our Professional Insight programme which draws on links with external contacts including Old Alleynians and graduate employers.
In the Upper School, boys are given detailed, subject-specific guidance on the university application process; they are supported in identifying long-term aspirations and in making informed decisions about degree or apprenticeship course choices. Parents are invited to the College in Year 12 for Beyond Dulwich Evening, a series of lectures run by the Higher Education team exploring career opportunities within the curriculum, and addressing the study options available to their sons - three-year courses at UK universities, degree apprenticeships, international programmes, gap years and deferred entry. The Director of Higher Education leads a series of assemblies and workshops for boys over their two years in the Upper School covering all aspects of the admissions process, from choosing the right course and institution, to preparing personal statements and interview techniques. Gap year pupils are given a comparable level of support and encouragement through our Gap year service featuring a wide range of employers and activity providers.
Our Overseas Universities Festival - attended by representatives from Australia, Canada, Holland, Hong Kong and the US - runs in the Michaelmas term, coordinated by the Deputy Director of Higher Education (International). In February, the annual Careers and Courses Convention brings together representatives from 35+ universities and colleges, as well as many companies and professional institutes.
In addition to Oxford and Cambridge, the Russell Group universities currently attracting the highest number of Alleynians are:
- Imperial College London
- King's College London
- University College London
Alleynians are also increasingly inclined towards international study routes, the most recent of which include:
- Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
- University of Hong Kong
- University of Melbourne
- Delft University of Technology
- IE Madrid
- La Sorbonne
- Trinity College Dublin
- University of Maastricht
- University of Warsaw
- New York University
- UC Berkeley
- University of Chicago
- University of Toronto
Mr Richard Sutton BA
Director of Higher Education
Miss Lucy Rand MChem FRSC
Deputy Director of Higher Education (UK)
Mr Jonathan Ratnasabapathy MA
Deputy Director of Higher Education (International)
Ms Camille Evans BA PGDip
Head of Careers
Ms Nicola Stoney BA
Careers and University Admissions Manager